As a result of our apparent physical susceptibility, that anything can happen, we are aware of the frailty of human life, of the vulnerability of our flesh, and the threat of disease which at any moment may strike us down. But it is only because we believe we are frail and susceptible that we are such. Again, we reflect that which we believe. Consider the Hindu holy man who lies on nails with no pain and no scars. Consider those that are able to walk on hot coals, and have transcended their physical indoctrination that they will be burned by that fire. They have changed their belief systems that they will not be hurt, cut or burned, and they arent. We know that these phenomenon can happen but do not necessarily believe we can do these things or that that law impacts our lives. In fact it is merely another application of the principal that our Universe, our reality, is a reflection of ourselves and our beliefs. I saw only yesterday on television (the Universe is reflecting my writing of this book in amazing, synchronistic ways) a demonstration of the power of the mind over our bodies (and belief systems) by a Master wherein he showed, without any tricks, by close-up cameras, that he pierced his skin (the flesh in both arms), without bleeding, stood upon razor sharp swords with weights hanging from the spikes piercing his arms and weights in his teeth. There were no cuts, no bleeding from the holes that you could actually see through in his arms. The stated purpose of this Master was to show the power of the mind, and it was indeed an awesome example of transcending our conditioning, pain and belief systems. There are those who believe our process of aging is partly a result of our collective consciousness that we age and die, a doctrine passed on through the millennia. Our cells, at their very genetic level, receive these signals and deteriorate impacted by our belief system. There are many factors that go into aging and disease. One is that our souls have become bored with this plane of existence and merely want to go on to another life, so we oxidize and die (Note the abundance of anti-oxidant formulas on the market today to reverse and stop the process. More important than the formula is the mental attitude that we do not, will not and need not grow feeble as we age). Doctors know mental attitude is essential to health and elimination of disease. Persons with identical illnesses or injuries may survive, or not, depending on their attitude, their will to live. A few findings from studies may be of interest: A Dartmouth Medical School study found heart patients were 14 times more likely to die following surgery if they did not find comfort in religion. Within 6 months of surgery 21 patients had died, but there were no deaths among the 37 people who said they were deeply religious. Dr. Harold Koenig at Duke University School of Medicine, and his team, have researched thousands of Americans since 1984, and concluded By praying (the subjects) acquired an indirect form of control over their illness. In a study of 455 elderly hospital patients, people who worshipped more than once a week averaged about four days in the hospital. People who never or rarely worshipped spent about 10 to 12 days hospitalized. Researchers in Israel studied 3900 people living on kibbutzim over a 16 year period and found the religious had 40 percent lower death rate from cardiovascular disease and cancer than their secular peers. A Yale University study of 2812 elderly people found that those who never or rarely worshipped had nearly twice the stroke rate of weekly worshippers. Lastly, Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Herbert Benson has shown repetitive prayer slows a persons heart and breathing rates, lowers blood pressure and even slows brain waves, thus reducing the impact of stress hormones and helping to relieve hypertension, infertility, insomnia and cardiovascular disease.
To entertain the belief that we need not age and die is probably beyond the physical capacity of the human psyche though it would be interesting to change that belief system. But do we even desire to live longer, or forever, or when we die have we had enough, and are we ready to be recycled to another lifetime or another plane of existence? We have been taught survival of the fittest (if that were the case there would be only one very fit being living on this planet) not that we are all fit, magnificent and worthy. This fear for our physical vessel is another element of our belief system that, if changed, would result in us being more safe, more strong, more healthy and, maybe God only knows, how impervious to harm.